Leeds’ premier purveyors of infectious indie-pop, MARSICANS, unveil their latest single, WAKE UP FREYA, showcasing a more sensitive side to their harmony laden sound. The arena-sized hooks and trademark joyful warmth remain, aided and abetted by emotional reflection on the part of lead singer James Newbigging. Whereas previous singles FRIENDS and THROW OURSELVES IN were invigorating in their hyperactivity, WAKE UP FREYA revels in slowing the pace down and watching the world spin around, removed from its chaotic speed. It’s quite possibly MARSICANS’ most personal song to date.
“I wrote the song for my niece before she was born,” says Newbigging. “My brother mentioned she might be called Freya so, after I wrote the song, they kind of had to name her that! It was a particularly bad news day and I started thinking about how amazing the world is when you’re young, compared to how messed up everything seems to be when you’re older. The song was written as if I was talking to her. It’s about taking stock of everything that’s good around you, and how eventually it’s those people and those moments that count, rather than all the perpetual shit that surrounds you.”
MARSICANS are a young indie band from Leeds whose driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. The four-piece released their debut single in 2015 and have worked relentlessly since.
And now they’ve released a new single, THROW OURSELVES IN, with a video that brilliantly captures everything about them. You can watch it here:
Their previous single, TOO GOOD – produced by Mickey Dale from Embrace – became the band’s most listened to release to date, having received national radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and John Kennedy at Radio X; featuring on the Spotify New Music Friday playlists; the Indie List and Hot New Bands in the UK; and several other prominent playlists in the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan.
2017 was the busiest year to date for MARSICANS. They signed to Lab Records and X-Ray Touring; their EP hit a million plays on Spotify; singles made the BBC Radio 1 playlist and were shared online by Coldplay; they played to packed rooms at Live at Leeds, Manchester’s Dot to Dot, Brighton’s Great Escape and to huge audiences at half a dozen UK Festivals including Leeds Festival. Then, last autumn, their incessant gigging schedule took them firstly to Europe for the debut album tour from Minnesota’s Hippo Campus, before joining forces with Clean Cut Kid and Jaws for tours around the UK. MARSICANS have now announced details of their biggest headline tour to date,
MARSICANS are a young indie band from Leeds whose driving, harmony-laden sound and exciting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. The four-piece – three old schoolmates and a friend from the Leeds music scene – released their debut single in 2015 and have worked relentlessly since.
2017 has been the busiest year to date for MARSICANS . They signed to Lab Records and X-Ray Touring; their EP has hit a million plays on Spotify; singles have made the BBC Radio 1 weekly playlist, the opening credits of E4’s Made in Chelsea and were shared online by Coldplay; they played to packed rooms at Live at Leeds, Brighton’s Great Escape, Manchester’s Dot to Dot; and to packed audiences at half a dozen UK Festivals including Leeds Festival.
This autumn, their incessant gigging schedule took them firstly to Europe for the debut album tour from Minnesota’s Hippo Campus, before joining forces with Clean Cut Kid and Jaws for tours around the UK. Full dates as follows:
The new MARSICANS single, TOO GOOD – produced by Mickey Dale from Embrace – is already poised to become the band’s most listened to release to date, having received national radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and John Kennedy at Radio X; featuring on the Spotify New Music Friday playlists both at home and abroad; the Indie List and Hot New Bands in the UK; and several other prominent playlists in the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan.
JAMES NEWBIGGING | lead vocals and guitar
OLIVER JAMESON | guitar and vocals
ROB BRANDER | bass, keyboards and lead vocals
MATTHEW ‘CALE’ MCHALE | drums and vocals
It’s fair to say that 2017 has so far been a tremendous year for Leeds four-piece MARSICANS. It began with the release of their latest single, FRIENDS, the first of a string of scheduled releases on LAB Records planned for this year, which earned an array of hugely positive reviews; and a UK tour with Minnesota’s Hippo Campus, again generating thrillingly enthusiastic reviews. The single itself received repeated plays on BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, Radio X and Amazing Radio, before being added to the playlist at BBC Radio 1 after wholehearted support from Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart and Tom Robinson.
In between, the band played their highest profile headline tour to date, often visibly shocked by the love and enthusiasm emanating from the crowd. Then, early one Saturday morning in March, a tweet out of the blue, reading “Chris and I are really enjoying this new Leeds band”, entered the ether from Coldplay, who posted the FRIENDS video on both their Twitter and Facebook. Those who have witnessed MARSICANS live, and grown to love their music, don’t need any further endorsement to justify their faith, but it was a lovely touch. And it certainly didn’t do the YouTube views any harm.
Following their appearance at Live at Leeds Festival, where the band played to what can only be described as an absolutely rammed 1200 capacity Stylus at Leeds University, MARSICANS have now announced their lengthiest tour to date, mostly with label mates Natives, but interspersed with a further number of prestige festival appearances, including Close Up, Dot to Dot and Barn On the Farm. Full dates as follows:
Fri 26 MANCHESTER Dot to Dot Festival
Mon 29 SOUTHAMPTON * Joiners
Tue 30 MILTON KEYNES * Craufurd Arms
Mon 12 CARDIFF * Clwb Ifor Bach
Wed 14 MANCHESTER * Deaf Institute
Thu 15 LONDON * Camden Assembly
Fri 16 BRIGHTON * Patterns
Sat 17 BOURNEMOUTH * The Winchester
Sun 02 GLOUCESTER Barn On the Farm Festival
Sat 08 ESKDALE Eskfest
Sat 05 TWYCROSS 110 Above Festival
Mon 28 KETTERING Greenbelt Festival
Sat 09 REDCAR Redcar Rocks Festival
* With NATIVES
MARSICANS are a four-piece from Leeds, whose harmony-laden, hard-edged sound is quickly gaining notoriety alongside their reputation for thrilling live shows. Following recent ecstatically-received shows in the whilst MARSICANS supported Minnesota’s HIPPO CAMPUS on five UK dates they are now headlining their own UK tour in February and March to promote their forthcoming FRIENDS single, the first of a string of scheduled releases on LAB Records planned for 2017.
All of them long-term friends from school and the Leeds music scene, MARSICANS’ line-up started sampling old synths, distorting guitars and writing songs together in 2014. From an early incarnation of raw 18 year olds opening for the then up-and-coming Catfish & The Bottlemen at a small venue in Wakefield, in the past 12 months MARSICANS have played sold out shows in Leeds, London, Sheffield, Manchester and Lincoln, alongside European dates and a Glastonbury performance that was showcased on the BBC’s Best Of Sunday highlights.
Tracks from the band’s recent ABSENCE EP were played on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC Introducing, Radio X and Amazing Radio; were featured on the Spotify New Music Friday, Indie List and Hot New Bands playlists; and received a sackful of positive coverage from the blogosphere.
Previous releases include the CHIVALRY EP [self-released in 2014] and the GONE IN A SECOND single [Love vs Fear Records in 2015].
You can watch the videos for ABSENCE and SWIMMING here:
And you can catch MARSICANS at:-
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Sat 18 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Thu 23 BRIGHTON Bleach
Thu 02 LINCOLN Platform
Thu 09 LONDON Islington Garage
Fri 10 STOCKTON ON TEES Ku Bar
Thu 23 NEWCASTLE Think Tank
Sat 25 SHEFFIELD Queens Social
Fri 31st LIVERPOOL Threshold Festival
Wed 05 LEEDS The Wardrobe
Thu 27 YORK The Basement
Sat 29 Live At Leeds Festival